Officially known as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, SEAL Team 6 is today the most celebrated of the U.S. military’s special mission units. But hidden behind the heroic narratives is a darker, more troubling story of “revenge ops,” unjustified killings, mutilations, and other atrocities - a pattern of criminal violence that emerged soon after the Afghan war began and was tolerated and covered up by the command’s leadership.
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It is likely their mode of operation was sanctioned at the very top of the chain of command (i.e., in the White House). So if the members of Seal Team 6 are criminals, so is the President, his cabinet, and his senior military leadership.
Should anyone be surprised at this? If you are, I suggest you read up on the history of what the US military has done, starting perhaps with these gems:
- Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
- Other Losses by James Bacque
- The Phoenix Program by Douglas Valentine
And if you still don't get it, take a look at this mountain of buffalo skulls and contemplate its implications:
The US does not "wage war". We exterminate. We kill indiscriminately and lie about it in the most brazen fashion. So blame Seal Team 6 if you want, but the guilt belongs with all of us.